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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 19.98
  • Running time: 125
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Medabots

Medabots Vol. #07

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: January 21, 2003


Medabots Vol. #07
© ADV Films


What They Say
Ikki and Metabee have defeated the Rubberobo Gang once and for all and have earned their place on the Japan World Robattle team. But when Erika sights an UFO, it turns out the aliens aboard are really the Rubberobo Gang. Have they been aliens all along? Then Metabee finds a lost Mermaid Medal and the search is on for its owner and its body. Things get stranger still when Samantha falls in love and Erika and Brass help her try to win the man of her dreams. A trip to Ninja World where the Rubberobo Gang is kidnapping medabots doesn't help straighten things out. Will the last straw be a massive medafighter looking for the medabot that ambushed him-and eating Ikki and his parents out of house of home in the meantime? The robattles continue in an all new volume of Medabots!

The Review!
After the exciting conclusion of Nelvana?s first season of Medabots, prepare for the ultimate in filler. Thanks to Nelvana, the ordering of the episodes of Medabots was changed. They practically removed all the filler, and shoved it into the second season. This DVD is all filler.

Audio:

The only audio option is a plain English language stereo mix. There is no directionality, and all sound is sent towards the front sound stage. A heavy amount of bass is used during the show. Dialogue is clear, and no distortions were present.

Video:

The video here seemed to take a nosedive from previous volumes. Macro blocking is very evident at portions, enough that I got slightly distracted by it at times. I was extremely surprised at this.

Packaging:

Ikki gets the main spot on the cover this time, with Metabee and Sumilidon in the background. ADV continues the same style, which is fine with me. A volume number is present on the front and back covers, and the spine. The back lists all five episodes present on the DVD with episode numbers, plus a picture from each one. The insert replicates the front cover and gives stats on Peppercat.

Menu:

The main menu is static and features Medabee with the introduction music playing. You can either select the start of each individual episode, head into scene selection, or choose extras. Scene selection features five different chapter points with video playing for each one.

Extras:

The extras on this DVD are the same as the previous DVDs. There are thirteen character descriptions, and fifteen Medabot descriptions. This made understanding everything a lot simpler. It focuses on characters that appear on the episodes on the DVD.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

Space Superstars has the Rubberobo gang fooling the town into making them believe they are aliens. Even Erika gets fooled since she?s desperate for a story. Ikki isn?t fooled though, so it?s up to him to save everyone from alien merchandise.

In No Body Home, Ikki and Erika find a medal on the road, and the two are determined to reunite it with its owner. It?s a mermaid-type medabot named Oceana, and Metabee is gonna make sure they help her out. After they finally find Oceana?s owner, her body is still missing. Will there search never end?

Samantha finds love in For Love or Robattle in Nathan, a star soccer player in school. After Erika?s advice to get his attention fails miserably, we learn than Nathan?s hates robattling now because of a defeat by Samantha.

Welcome to Ninja World has Ikki and Erika off exploring an amusement park that the Rubberrobo gang are using to kidnap Medabots. Of course, the two discover what?s going on, and with the help of Rokusho they can save the amusement park.

Lastly, in Eat, Drink, Man, Medabot, Kareem and his medabot, Kintaro, show up at Ikki?s house as they search the town for a mysterious medabot that defeated them while they were training in the forest. This medabot is a fierce fighter, white, and apparently doesn?t have a medafighter.

Well, the pickings are a little light here. After the excitement of the last volume, it?s hard to get excited about this one. This is filler that should have been spread out, but it?s concentrated now. The episode with Oceana is really entertaining, the rest are just so so.

Features
English Language,Character descriptions,Medabots A to Z

Review Equipment
Toshiba 3109 player, Toshiba 36? Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver via optical, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears

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